Austin Acoustic Music Festival 1996

The word "Acoustic" scares some people -- "Uplugged" even more so. To them, it means "emasculated." No balls. We have an MTV marketing scheme to thank for this. And yet this same monster has taught the general public something Austinites have known for years: A sole acoustic guitar in the hands of a determined musician can be more electric than twin Marshall stacks. We learned this lesson at the Cactus Cafe. At the Hole in the Wall. At Emo's one night with Johnny Cash. Any two-bit taco joint with a stage in the corner. It's as Austin as Clifford Antone. As Austin as the Austin Acoustic Music Festival.

In its sixth year, the AAMF is also in a new location: The Green Room (306 E. Fifth Street). That's practically Sixth Street, which is appropriate because with 50 performers over a three-day period (Friday through Sunday), ducking in and out may have to be an option -- particularly since the Green Room is a non-smoking venue without an alcohol license. Guess that means you'll just to have to listen to the music, and as strong and diverse as this year's line-up is, you'd better.

As is the norm these days, they'll be broadcasting some of this sucker over the Intenet via Monsterbit Media ( You won't be able to see the photo exhibit at the club this way, nor the union of Scottish and Brazilian music in Sambathistle, who perform Saturday on AAMF's outdoor stage at San Jacinto and Fifth street (5:10pm). For all other acts, see the schedule below (subject to change, of course) or call 512/467-7680 for more information, and 499-TIXS for you know what. -- Raoul Hernandez

Friday, November 15

Toni Price (9pm); Danny Dolinger (9:40pm); Seela (10:10pm); Sara Hickman (10:40pm);
Johnny Goudie (11:20pm); Antonio Dionisio (11:55pm); Los Pinkys (12:25am); Stevenson Ford (1am); Del Dragons (1:35am)

Saturday, November 16

Guy Forsyth (3pm); Copoiera Ginga USA (3:40pm); Jim Volk (4:10pm); Lisa Tingle (4:40pm);
The Sambathistles (5:10pm); Happy Valley (5:45pm); Acquaviva (6:15pm); Sambaxé (6:45pm);
The Gypsies featuring Mohammad Firoczi (7:20pm); The Imperial Golden Crown Harmonizers (7:50pm); Monte Montgomery (8:20pm); Lourdes Perez (9pm); Mariachi Estrella (9:40pm);
Mark Viator (10:20pm); Burton Guibord (10:50pm); Mitch Walking Elk (11:20pm);
Jaime Levi (12:20am); East Babylon Symphony (1:10am)

Sunday, November 17

Loose Diamonds (Noon); Imillas (12:30pm); Gumbopolis (1pm); Jimmy Lee Jones & the Goatmasters (1:30pm); Ernie Mae Miller (2pm); Neil Seidel (2:30pm); The Tapestry Chorus (3pm);
Lori Mosley (3:30pm); Graham Reynolds (4pm); Karen Tyler (4:30pm); Shirley Dominguez (5pm);
Glen Alyn (5:30pm); Kim Miller (6:05pm); The Volunteer Fire Ants (6:40pm); Quinto Sol (7:20pm);
Bill Parsons (7:55pm); Will Taylor (8:25pm); Tribal Nation (8:55pm); Big Game Hunters (9:40pm); Glosso Babel (10:20pm); Sunshine (11pm)

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